NDA lifted. Weekend alpha open.
It doesn’t run terribly. I have an 8 year old system with minor upgrades and have no problems running it at high settings. That said, it did crash somewhat often (every couple of hours) during the earlier days of the alpha, but the dev team has been ironing that out.
This game is more goal-oriented than Factorio. Eventually, on full release, there’s supposed to be an end-goal to work towards. But even in the alpha, with only a few tiers of available upgrades, there’s dozens of hours there during a single playthrough. This game is the real deal. Resources are spread out, so you have to build at multiple sites and set up transportation networks with truck depots and eventually train networks. Production chains are detailed and require endless optimization and fiddling. (And they manage to make the optimization and fiddling fun, not tedious.) You have to explore and research the native ecology. The way they’ve handled overclocking and production capacities on individual factories is pretty awesome. You can dial in exactly your production speed based on inputs and available power. And you can build in 3D… make your factory chain vertical. It’s pretty awesome.
When you first build a space elevator and see that massive structure towering over the landscape… The scale of the game is like candy for production gamefans. It’s very satisfying to build something just because of how large everything is, the sounds it makes as it unfolds, and the solidity of it all.
Also, Coffee Stain is awesome. Their Youtube channel is really good. And they’re very responsive to concerns. Their Discourse channel is a great resource if you get stuck. And the game has a ton of personality. I love that the player character is a beefy looking woman in grimy overalls.
- The UI was still a tiny bit clunky when I last played it, but they’ve been iterating on that for months and I expect it’ll keep tightening up all the way to release.
- It’s not a finished game. It still crashes sometimes. There’s very little narrative to the game, and there are features still unavailable.
- It’s just about everything you imagine it could be. It looks great, runs great, and is a ton of fun.
I’ve already pre-ordered the game. Check it out this weekend if you’ve got a key.